Xavi Reija, Dusan Jevtovic: XADU - Random Abstract
In choosing to work as a two-man configuration called XaDu, Xavi and Dusan establish each composition with its intrinsic melodic and rhythmic components, then allow it to partially deconstruct as they explore the vast sonic palette of guitar and drumkit. Dusan’s guitar and pedalwork conjure a soundscape that can range from the introspective and almost ambient/atmospheric to the urgency of careening snowblind through a maelstrom of sound. Xavi is right in the vortex, coaxing riffs into life, laying chase to Dusan’s frenetic runs with his supremely musical tom work, or just falling away in a wash of cymbals when the wave of energy has crashed on the shore.
Random Abstract bears witness to two musicians, working together to economically craft a very cinematic piece: math metal jazz and fuzzy fusion at the highest level. There is great joy to be found in listening to these two highly talented players coax only the very best from each other. XaDu is a most enthralling musical pairing, indeed.